Eternatus VMAX was one of the best decks in the 2020/21 format. Paired with Galarian Slowbro V which could poison an opponent with its ability, along with Toxicroak which put extra damage counters on poisoned Pokemon, the 2020/21 Eternatus VMAX deck was capable of easy OHKOs.
The Rotation hasn’t really affected Eternatus that much. It never used Dedenne-GX, and none of the Rotated cards have hindered it from growing in its niche. However, the Eternatus VMAX deck for the 2022 Standard Format of Pokemon TCG Online functions pretty differently.
This time, we have newer cards in the deck. Chilling Reign and Evolving Skies has given us some great new Dark-type attackers that pair well with Eternatus. Instead of going the poison route, we go for a more tech card like Umbreon VMAX, which has an in-built Boss’s Orders. We also have Galarian Moltres V for its excellent Energy acceleration ability. The only thing that Eternatus VMAX needs to form a deck is more Dark-type Pokemon, as each one of those buffs its own ability.
In this guide, I’ll be taking you through the best Eternatus VMAX deck for the 2022 format of Pokemon TCG Online. There are also a bunch of new mechanics in play that the 2020/21 deck had nothing in common with, so I’ll be explaining each of those as well.
Eternatus VMAX Standard deck list for Pokemon TCG Online
Here is the most consistent Eternatus VMAX deck list that I’ve been using in Standard:
****** Pokémon Trading Card Game Deck List ******
##Pokémon – 20
* 4 Crobat V SHF 44
* 4 Eternatus V DAA 116
* 2 Galarian Moltres V CRE 97
* 2 Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117
* 3 Umbreon V EVS 94
* 3 Eternatus VMAX SHF 195
* 2 Umbreon VMAX EVS 95
##Trainer Cards – 30
* 3 Old Cemetery CRE 147
* 3 Evolution Incense SSH 163
* 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
* 2 Boss’s Orders RCL 189
* 2 Scoop Up Net RCL 165
* 3 Professor’s Research CPA 62
* 4 Great Ball CPA 52
* 4 Marnie CPA 56
* 3 Energy Switch SSH 162
* 2 Switch SSH 183
##Energy – 10
* 2 Capture Energy DAA 201
* 8 Darkness Energy Energy 7
Total Cards – 60
Since this is an all-Dark deck, its only weakness is Fighting type decks. Urshifu VMAX decks are pretty rampant right now, and if that Pokemon gets going (especially with Single Strike Scroll of Scorn) and you’re having a bad starting hand, there’s not much Eternatus can do to it. I wouldn’t change anything about this deck except altering some of the Pokemon card counts if you feel like it.
Eternatus V and VMAX
Eternatus V and VMAX are definitely in the top 5 strongest Dark-type cards the game has ever released. Eternatus V is pretty average on its own, with a conditional 120+120 attack and a 30-damage attack that attaches Energy (still good for the early game). We also have the good old Crobat V that fills your hand whenever you put it on your Bench. Crobat V, along with staple Supporters like Marnie and Professor’s Research, will be the engine of this deck.
Eternatus VMAX is where this deck goes crazy.
Ability – Eternal Zone
If all of your Pokémon in play are Darkness type, you can have up to 8 Pokémon on your Bench, and you can’t put non-Darkness Pokémon into play. (If this Ability stops working, discard Pokémon from your Bench until you have 5.)
It can expand your Bench, and it’s attack does +30 damage for the number of Dark-type Pokemon you have in play. Including Eternatus VMAX itself, you can do 30 * 9 = 270 damage with just two Energy attachments, which is a feat even the newer cards cannot achieve.
The 2022 version of this deck makes attacking with Eternatus easier. In the 2020/21 version, Galarian Slowbro V didn’t have much to do with Eternatus, but this deck has actual synergy within the Pokemon themselves rather than the Type as a whole. The deck also uses Capture Energy to bring in your Basic Pokemon faster, which always helps in a deck that has a lot of extra Bench space.
Galarian Moltres V and Energy Switch
Galarian Moltres V makes it easier to get Energy onto your Pokemon. In itself, Moltres is an average attacker, with a 3-Energy 190 damage attack that also does 30 damage to itself.
Ability – Direflame Wings
Once during your turn, you may attach a Darkness Energy card from your discard pile to this Pokémon. You can’t use more than 1 Direflame Wings Ability each turn.
Once you’ve attached Energy onto Moltres, you can then use the good old Energy Switch to transfer Energy from it to any other Pokemon you want. In case your opponent gets a lucky Crushing Hammer coin flip (which they always do), you can easily attach an extra Energy onto your Eternatus VMAX. Moreover, there’s a third attacker in this deck that has a 3 Energy attack: Umbreon VMAX, that benefits even more from these extra Energies.
All hail the king of Eeveelutions. Umbreon VMAX’s ability is essentially the effect of the super-OP Supporter Card, Boss’s Orders.
Ability – Dark Signal
When you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn, you may switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokémon.
Umbreon can let you pick your opponent and destroy it with your Eternatus. Can it get any better? Absolutely yes, because although Umbreon is balanced by a 160-damage attack, this deck also has a great damage-spreading mechanism going on. One of the downsides of the poison variant was that the deck required you to have Galarian Slowbro V, and also evolve Croagunk to Toxicroak to be able to get that extra poison damage. You have Evolution Incense in this new deck to allow you to evolve your V Pokemon easily.
The opponent could also simply switch their Pokemon to get rid of the poison effect. This deck does not go that route, and instead uses damage-spreading to bump up Eternatus VMAX’s 270 damage and get easy OHKOs.
Damage-spreading with Old Cemetery and Galarian Zigzagoon
Here we use the good old combo of Galarian Zigazoon (that does 10 damage to any Pokemon of your choice) and Scoop Up Net that you can use to pick up and play Zigzagoon again for an extra 10 damage.
You also have the Stadium card Old Cemetery which is pretty annoying to go up against. Every time your opponent attaches an Energy to one of their Pokemon that isn’t Psychic-type, it automatically receives 20 damage. This stacks up real fast, and having a Stadium card (that too, three copies) in your deck makes sure you can always knock out their Path to the Peak, another Stadium card that can potentially block all of your Abilities if you don’t replace it. Eternatus only has a 2-Energy attack, and Energy Switch and Direwing Flame don’t count towards Old Cemetery’s damage, making it a great Stadium card for this deck.
Considering these damage-spreading effects, Galarian Moltres V’s 190 damage is also boosted to potentially 220+, which makes up for its average base damage numbers.
Eternatus VMAX in Expanded
The 2022 version of the Eternatus VMAX deck has been doing pretty well in Pokemon TCG Online. It doesn’t appear in tournaments all that often because most players have been keen to try newer decks, but when it does, it proves to be a serious threat to all of them. Urshifu is a tough matchup, but Eternatus VMAX does well against any of the newer Eeveelution decks that feature Inteleon. Eternatus is definitely here to stay for another year and there are no more Fighting decks in sight in future expansions that can pose a threat to it.
If you play the Expanded format, be sure to check out this absolutely broken Eternatus VMAX and Darkrai-GX Expanded deck that you can farm wins with on the Ladder. This deck hasn’t suffered at all through the Rotation and is still pretty strong against the newer decks.
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